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done deal. mike shanahan agrees to take the reigns for the redskins and the coach is cashing in. how much he's planning to make. senate surprise. two dom kratic senators announcing plans to step down. spreading the blame. the president not pulling punches in his criticism of the failed christmas day terror attack. good morning everyone. i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs on this wednesday, the 6th day of january, 2010. let's take a live look outside. looks ke we still have clouds above us right now and still very cold. 29 degrees here at 5:00 in the morning. >> no relief in sight. cold enough for snow. we do have on radar light snow falling in frederick county and washington county, up along the pennsylvania border, along carroll county. that will be twisting into howard and loudoun counties in the 234ek9 half hour. could be a brief dusting here. a few slick spots may quickly
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pop up and maybe just a dusting. temperatures are in the 20s. windchills in the teens to near 20 degrees with winds gusting near 20 to 25 miles an hour. the snow coming from the north is a weak disturbance in the atmosphere, enough to kick up snowshowers from mid to late morning, otherwise maybe a few flurries. blustery winds, in the clear and upper 30s. sun tomorrow morning and clouding up. a little more potent storm coming in on thursday night into from the morning. could get a couple inches of that, cold into the weekend. how is the traffic? >> we're doing okay so far this morning. 95, 395, 66, the toll road, all very quiet as we g get underway with no early major issues reported into us. we have a problem in prince william county, prince william parkway between moore drive and liberia remains closed because of what is reported to be a gas leak out there. authorities are detouring traffic onto liberia avenue.
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no worries on the bay bridge so far. the redskins now have a new head coach. mike shanahan has agreed to lead the burgundy and gold. he and the team's top brass celebrated in tyson's corner last night. lindsay czarniak was there. >> hi coach, congratulations. how excited are you? >> great excited. great to be in the nation's capital. >> what excites you the most? >> we'll talk about that tomorrow. nice to meet you. channel 4, right? >> yes. great to meet you. shanahan will also be the executive vice president of football operations for the team. the redskins will formally welcome mike shanahan to the organization a little later on to die. >> they scheduled a news conference for 2:00 this afternoon in redskins park. that's where megan mcgrath joins us with more on the skins historic hiring. >> reporter: good morning. a dunn deal. a five-year deal worth $35
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million. mike shanahan is coming to washington, d.c. to coach the redskins. last night shan shanahan, dan snyder and bruce allen went out for a celebratory dinner. they went to the palm in tyson's corner. they're not saying a whole lot. shanahan did briefly speak to lindsay czarniak at the restaurant. he said he was excited about coming to the faith's capital and would say more later today at a press conference. daniel schneider flashed a thumbs up as he got into the car after dinner. coach shanahan will be formally introduced during a press conference at 2:00 this afternoon. players are reacting. here is london fletcher. >> i think mr. schneider took a step in the right direction when he hired bruce allen and coach shanahan as the final piece. the credibility is there right away. coaches and players, players in the locker room they have to
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listen to what he says because he has the reigns. >> under this deal shanahan will also be vice president of football operations, will have final say on all football operational matters under the contract. he wl also be bringing his 30-year-old son kyle. kyle is going to serve as the offensive coordinator. it's a position he's currently holding with the houston texans. it will be a family affair of sorts here as well. big announcement. the formal announcement is expected later on today. a press conference scheduled for 2:00 p.m. again, mike shanahan has signed a deal with the redskins, a five-year deal worth $35 million. back to you all. >> a lot of money. gilbert arenas says he's more concerned about discipline from the nba than he is for facing legal action for bringing a gun into the wizards locker room. federal prosecutors began presenting evidence to a grand
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jury. arenas met on monday with prosecutors and police about the incident. he was asked last night whether he was more afraid of law enforcement or northbound david ern. >> who do you fear more? stern or the authorities. >> stern is mean. >> you fear david stern more -- >> yeah. because i think he might make his decision before, you know -- >> have you had any indication that he might make his ruling pretty soon? >> i don't know. all i can do is go out and play. >> stern won't likely decide whether to penalize arenas until after the legal process does play out. the grand jury could decide whether arenas should face charges as early as this week. new today, a blow to the democratic party, clinging to a slight majority in the senate after 30 years. chris dodd is calling it quits and he's not alone. kimberly suiters joins us with the latest. good morning. >> good morning, eun. two prominent democratic
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senators are calling it quits. let's startith the latest news first. a senator for three decades, christopher dodd, plans to make an official announcement today from his home in connecticut. dodd's numbers haven't looked great in his home state since his failed 2008 bid for president. some political analysts saying constituents view him as no longer connected to the state and as chairman of the banking committee, he hasn't done enough to repair the mortgage crisis. he's taken a lot of heat for the stimulus plan and the wall street bailout. this decision on dodd's heart comes mid rising anti incumbent sentiment along the electorate nationwide. a majority of the country says it's on the wrong track. historically the party in power takes the blame for that. also not seeking re-election, byron dorgan, saying he wants to teach and write. his seat will likely be won by a republican. a potential rising star,
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colorado governor bill ritter today is expected to say as well he's not going to seek a second term. back to you. >> kimberly suiters, thank you. president ama says the nation's security system failed in potentially disastrous way after not preventing the failed christmas day terror attempt. he met with top officials who have been reviewing security measures. he say officials failed to connect the dots. >> i want our initial reviews completed this week. i want specific recommendations for corrective actions to fix what went wrong. i want those reforms implemented immediately so that this doesn't happen again. and so we can prevt future attacks. the president also says he is suspending the transfer of guantanamo detainees to yemen. the suspect in the foiled christmas day bombing attempt k4r5i78d he was acting on instructions from al qaeda operatives in that country.
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in afghanian, we're learning more about the suicide bomber who killed seven cia employees. he previously provided intelligence that led agents to several al qaeda leaders. the jordanian doctor's information led to several drone-launched missile strikes. last week that bomber lured the cia agents into a meeting by saying he had information about osama bin laden's top deputy. it's now 5:08. an announcement in the race for d.c. mayor. one expected candidate already boeing out. the newest alleged state dinner party crasher says the story being told is not right. how low can we go? to
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good morning. time for weather and traffic. it's 5:11. at this hour on radar, we're getting snowshowers and flurries to the west and northwest of washington. this is the most potent band here coming down out of pennsylvania, heading into montgomery and howard county, into frederick, carroll and washington counties. watch out for a few slick spots. breezy. afternoon highs reaching mid and upper 30s. we'll have a mostly clear night. then increasing clouds tomorrow. looks like light snow likely thursday night into friday morning. maybe an inch or two of accumulation before it ends by
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perhaps late morning how is the traffic now jerry? >> picking up a little volume. certainly nothing to worry about at this hour. on the beltway between college park and silver spring, both directions moving along pretty well. elsewhere, the trip to the woj, good news for folks, prince william parkway closed between moors drive and liberia has reopened. apparently the gas leak situation has rectified itself. eighth thor authorities have reopened the roadway. we're learning more about being called the third state dinner party crasher. >> why his lawyer says the secret service is wrong, coming up. the first lady fuming over an advertisement. which well-known group can expect to receive a call from the white house. the victim in a sickening crime comes face to
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good morning everyone. i'm kimberly suiters. these are the top stories in the "news4 today." mike shanahan is the new red coach of the washington redskins. the team will officially introduce him officially this of a noon at redskins park. his contract is reportedly worth $35 million over five years. that would make him the highest paid coach in the nfl. gilbert arenas says he's more concerned about discipline from the nba than he is facing
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legal action for bringing guns into the wizards' locker room. he spoke out last night on the same day federal prosecutors purportedly began presenting evidence to the grand jury. david stern commissioner won't decide whether to penalize arenas un. today gay marriage opponents will try to get the issue put on the ballot in the district. they have a hearing before the d.c. superior court. mayor fenty signed the bill into law last month. same sex couples could start to wed as early as march. after three decades in the senate, senator christopher dodd expected to announce his retirement. it comes on the heels of an announcement by democrat bon dorgan that he, too, will not seek re-election. this morning amtrak service is after to normal after a horrific accident near baltimore. a teenager was hit and killed by
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a while on her way to school. 14-year-old ann marie stickal was walking along the train tracks when she was hit by the train. it happened in middle river, about 11 miles north of baltimore city. a friend she was walking with was not injured. the accident shut down service for about two hours on the northeast corridornd led to delays on amtrak all day long. in prince george's county, a woman came face to face with the attacker accused of trying to cut her unborn baby out of her body. police say very von ka deramos lured teka at dams to her apartment and tied her up and assaulted her with lives. she escaped and delivered a healthy baby girl. she is staying with her father who described what it was like. >> teka is my youngest daughter. i felt like she was trying to take my baby in two ways, my daughter and grant daughter.
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so i was hurt and angry. >> veronica der ram maus faces attempted murder charges. she's being held without bond. also in prince george's county police are looking for suspects after two men were shot and killed. it happened in the 7100 block of east spring street in landover. police responded to the area for a report of gun sholts. when they arrived they found two bodies, both being shot to death. both victims had extensive criminal histories. this comes as police in that area are expected to announce record low crime rates. prince george's county police chief roberto hilton will hold a news conference to talk about a decline in crime in the county. the talk of washington again. learning more about a man accused of being the third uninvited guest at the state dinner. he's denied crashing that party. new video has surfaced that appears to show him making his
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white house entrance. jackie bensen reports. >> reporter: this is a picture of carlos allen and michaele salahi taken at the after party at the verizon center. five months later, did they crash the same state dinner at the white house? this individuvideo shows a man appears to be allen getting out of van at the white house that night with members of the official indian delegation. allen has denied being at the dinner. just who is carlos allen? the photo with michaele salahi is one of many on a website advertising hush galleria. a mt. pleasant townhouse allen main taped as a private social club. >> we are here with carlos, the ceo of hush society magazine. >> reporter: last year allen appeared on news4 to promote what he described as a children's charity. >> the focus is basically to work with different charities.
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>> reporter: the allegation of a third party crasher at the november state dinner is very unwelcome news for the white house. journalist and long-time washington insider sally quinn says the incident is about people not doing their job when their job is to protect the president of the united states. >> i think that in order for the president to look strong and to look as though he is in charge, that desiree rogers and mark sullivan who is head of the secret service should hand in their resignations. i'm sure they're both very bright and successful and competent people, but they made a major mistake. >> reporter: jackie bensen, "news4 today." some in congress are calling for a larger investigation into the security breach. district residents may soon get to decide who the city's attorney general is. the d.c. council approved legislation yesterday that requires the city's top lawyers to be elected, not appointed by the mayor. the council has been at odds
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with current attorney general peter nickels, a long-time friend of mayor adrian fenty. council members insist nichols is not the target of the bill. the mayor said he's not decided whether to sign the bill. now to the race for mayor of the district. millionaire development don peebles says he will not run for office. he said he was prepared to spend millions of his own money on the campaign. he released a statement yesterday claiming he will not run because his mother-in-law is sick and he's vowing to support his family during this tough time. mayor fenty has no strong opponents at this point. let's take a live look outside right now. another very cold morning here in the nation's capital. as you can see, we do have some clouds above us right now, some of the lights of the city being reflected on those clouds out there. 5:20, almost 5:21 right now.
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let's get a check on traffic and weather together. >> tom kierein is in the storm center. still januarynd still cold. we still have that wind gusting to around 20 to 25 miles an hour, clouds racing through, producing some snowshowers here in carroll county and in frederick county and eastern washington county. these are heading to the south. they'll be moving into montgomery and howard county and into loudoun county over the next half hour. temperatures are below freezing, so what does fall will be sticking. temperatures now 29 in washington. highs today reaching the mid to upper 30s by mid afternoon with a blustery wind as the sunshine returns. then by dawn tomorrow we'll be into the low 20s and during the day on thursday, increasing clouds. likely light snow thursday night into friday morning. may leave a couple of inches on the ground by midday friday. dry and cold into the weekend, highs saturday and sunday only near 30. should be dry and cold into the first part of next week. jerry, how is the traffic? >> we'll check out traffic coming in from the north county along i-270 and so far from i-70
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to route 80 doing pretty well all theay down to the split. no early issues to report. the lanes are open and clear and drier at this point. southeast washington, all the anacostia bridges, traffic doing well. northeast is pretty quiet. traveling between baltimore and frederick along interstate 70, lanes are reported open in both directions. joe and eun, back to you. 5:22 is your time. 28 degrees. one of the toughest choices new parents have to make. >> that's picking aname. the list of 2009's most popular baby names is now out. some of those on the list might surprise you. she definitely was not love it. what police say set this woman off inside a mcdonald's. michelle obama's beef with peta. why the white house is not happy with that group comi
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the white house is unhappy about a new campaign from peta that features the first lady, michelle obama. the ad is showing up around the district as part of peta's "make d.c. fur-free" which features celebrity who won't wear fur. she never gave consent for her picture to be used. peta's president says the organization did not ask for her consents because they knew she can't make such an endorsement. the list is out.
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we know the most popular baby names for 2009, and mary and brian don't even make the list. according to babycenter.com, isabella was the most popular game last year, sophia, emily, olivia and ava. for boys, aiden, ethan, jackson, jay den and jacob. it can be pretty annoying when a fast food restaurant messes up your order. a missouri woman took her aggravation to a whole new level. >> first she threw a bucket of mop water. she followed up by hurling a register. the woman was upset about how her sandwich was made. maybe she should have ordered a happy meal. luckily no one was hurt in the rampage. the woman caused about $3,000 in damage. police are still looking for her. >> she needs the order a chill meal i think. our time is 5:26. opponents of the d.c. same-sex
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marriage bill are not giving up. >> what they're doing today to try to prevent the law in passing coming up. unacceptable. the president says the failed christmas day terror attack never should have been that close to happening. what changes he wants to see. the big story. a new era begins for the redskins.
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super bowl bucks. mike shanahan agrees to a monster contract in turning around the washington redskins. two democrats on the hill will announce plans not to seek re-election. crashing confusion. the lawyer for the third man accused of crashing the president's state dinner says the secret service has it all wrong. good morning and welcome to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. it's wednesday, january 6th, 2010. a live look outside right now at 5:30. 29 degrees out there. still cold and a little windy. meteorologist tom kierein is here. he's going to tell us more about a forecast. eight of the last nine days ve bn colder than average. it continues this morning. we're in the 20s. on radar we have some snowshowers just to our north coming down out of pennsylvania leaving a brief dusting in frederick and carroll counties, just now crossing into western howard and northern montgomery county from damascus through lay dense ville, gaithersburg.
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you may be getting a brief dusting over the next half hour or so. that may make it all the way into perhaps bethesda and silver spring and into loudoun county as wellver the next hour. watch out. there may be a brief dusting. it's certainly cold enough for it to stick. in the mid and upper 20s. 29 in washington. windchills in the teens to near 20. that wind gusting out of the northwest around 20 to 25. a blustery day on the way. maybe a brief dusting this morning. sun back this afternoon with highs in the upper 30s. now the traffic on this wednesday morning. how is it looking? >> we'll check things out around montgomery county. the weather not a factor yet. we'll keep on top of it. college park around to silver spring on the outer loop looking good. the inner loop looking moving along nicely. no concerns heading toward university boulevard and the interchange at georgia and c connecticut. everything is a-okay. on the rails not so a-oi karks kay, bruns wake 870 is 1
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minutes late. multiple cars will be one cars short as well as two cars on brunswick line that wil be one car short. vre and metro looking good so far. thanks very much, jerry. redskins fans have reason to celebrate this morning. the team has a new head coach. mike shanahan has agreed to lead the burgundy and gold. the team will make it officialable with an announcement this afternoon at redskins park. megan mcgrh is live in ashburn with the latest on this. >> good morning, joe. a new era for the washington redskins. fans are hopeful it will be a much better season coming up here. the washington redskins have a new head coach, mike shanahan, formerly with the denver broncos, heading here to washington, d.c. he signed a five-year deal worth $35 million. last night, a celebratory dinner was held at the palm in tyson's corner. coach shanahan was there, daniel
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snyder, general manager bruce allen. they didn't say a whole lot. there's a 2:00 press conference scheduled for today. that's when he formally will be introduced. news4's lindsay czarniak did speak briefly with shanahan last night. here is what he had to say. >> mike, coach, lindsay czarniak, congratulations. how excited are you? >> very, very excited, great to be in the nigs's capital. >> what ex-it's you the most? >> we'll talk about that tomorrow. nice to meet you. channel 4, right? >> great to meet you. that press conference scheduled for 2:00 this afternoon. expecting to hear a lot more from coach shanahan and other members of the organization. shanahan under this contract will also be vice president of football operations, meaning he will have final say on all matters involvin the team. so a lot of power he will be wielding here. he's bringing his 30-year-old son with him. i'll have a little more on that
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coming up in the next half hour. joe, back to you. >> thanks very much. mike shanahan brings serious credentials and will be making serious cash. his contract is reportedly worth about $35 million over five years. that would make him the highest paid coach in the nfl. as for what he brings to the redskins, we'll start with back-to-back super bowl titles with t broncos. he coached there from 1995 until 2008. he has a career regular season record of 1238-90. also 8-5 in the postseason. new today, big trouble on the horizon for democrats. after 30 years in office, connecticut senator chris dodd says he will not seek re-election this fall, expected to make a formal announcement later this morning. the five-term democrat has been facing a decline in popularity since his failed run for the presidency in 2008. dodd says -- served in the senate since 1980 and is
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currently the chair of the senate banking committee. another prominent democratic senator is calling it quits. byron dorgan announced he will not seek re-election in november. the news has dealt a potential blow to democrats who are already struggling to protect their senate majority. adding to those concerns is word th colorado governor ritter also will not run for a second term no november. he's expected to make that announcement sometime today. eun? thank you. the house and senate are hammering out the differences in their health care bills. president obama is helping them do it. he already has hosted congressional leaders at the white house. more meetings are planned for later this week. all sides have agreed on fast-track negotiations. the president wants to sign a bill into law by his state of the union speech expected in early february. this morning president obama is vowing to plug holes in air security. he called the attempted christmas day terror attack a
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potentially disastrous screw-up by the intelligence community. brooke hart has more from capitol hill. >> reporter: president obama was blunt. he report the word failure in describing as the bombing of a u.s. jet was nearly pulled off. >> when a suspected terrorist is able to board a plane with explosives on christmas day, the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way. >> reporter: privately with security and intelligence chiefs, the president called the lapses a screw-up. director of national intelligence, dennis blair, summed up his reaction in a statement saying, quote, we got it. earlier aides says president obama still has confidence in his security team including blair whose job was created after 9/11 to connect dots the president said worked in this case. >> it was a failure to integrate and underunder'd stand the intelligence we already had. >> reporter: republicans said the president needs to set other matters aside. >> the president needs to get on top of it and make sure it gets
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fixed. >> reporter: the first agenda casualty could be in closing guantanamo soon. >> we will not be transferring additional detainees back to yemen at that time. >> reporter: bakersfield was shut down when a bag tested positive for tnt, turned out to be five bottles of honey. for now additional officials say the president thinks blame is spread wide, lawmakers may have other ideas. hearing look inevitable in coming weeks. in washington, brooke hart, nbc news. gay marriage opponents not giving up their fight in the district. today they will ask the d.c. superior court to allow the issue to be put on a ballot. the elections board has already turned down this effort saying it would violate human rights laws. the council gave final approve to gay marriage last month. mayor fenty signed the bill into law. same sex couples could start to wed in march. he says he's no crasher. >> the seerk rhett service
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disagrees. the latest on the third person accused of sneaking into the president's state dinner uninvited. red line riders, you're not going to like this. when metro is planning to work that will shut down a station and force riders to hop on a shuttle. another bitter cold morning. tom is talking
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good morning. time for weather and traffic. right now on radar we have snow
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moving down out of pennsylvania, a small batch of light snow leaving a dusting in its wake in carroll county, eastern frederick, into northern montgomery county. this batch of light snow is head together the south, in damascus and heading into gaithersburg and moving toward rockville, silver spring and bethesda and the rest of howard county. it may leave a brief dusting. some of the roads andtreets and sidewalks may be slick. it is below freezing, so what is falling is going to be sticking. just a dusting and the windchills are in the teens with winds gusting around 15 to 25 miles an hour. highs today mid to upper 30s. light snow likely late thursday night winterly friday morning. jerry, how is the traffic? >> we'll head over and take a live look along the i-270 spur. northbound traffic right side of your screen, southbound is the left side. everything moving smoothly to the beltway and the outer loop to and across the american legion bridge. no early hang-ups, any overnight
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road work has been wrapped up. lanes are open. joe, eun, back to you. >> thank you, jerry. thanks very much. 5:41. 21 degrees. nice to look at, but it is dangerous. >> we ride along with firefighters to see how treacherous our icy waterways are this time of year. someone is wrong. the third so-called state dinner crasher denies claims by the secret service. wizards star gilbert arenas faces the media who he says he fears
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good morning. i'm kimberly suiters. here are the top stories in the "news4 today." after three decades in the senate, connecticut senator christopher dodd expected to announand to day he is retiring. this comes on the heels of an announcement by senate democrat byron dorgan that he, too, will not seek re-election. president obama looking for
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changes he says, not blame, after the nation's security system failed in a, quoting now, potentially disastrous way, after not preventing the christmas day terror attempt. president obama met with top officials. he says the government had enough information to uncover the plot, but that officials failed to connect the important dots. same-sex couples could start to wed in march in d.c., but not if gay marriage opponents can stop them. they'll try to get the issue put to a bol lot in the district. today they have a hearing before the d.c. superior court. and worth $35 million, mike shap hand is the new head coach of the washington redskins. he'll be introduced this afternoon at redskins park. shanahan become it is highest-pa coach in the nfl. eun and joe, back to you. well, a grand jury could decide by the end of this week whether gilbert arenas should face charges for bringing guns into the business sards locker
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room. prosecutors reportedly began presentingvidence to a grand jury yesterday one day after he sat down with police and prosecutors to talk about what happened. the wizards star spoke about the case after the team's game last night in philadelphia. he says he's as concerned about nba commissioner david stern as he is about the prosecutors. >> who do you fear more, stern or the actual authorities? >> stern is, is mean. >> you actually fear david stern more than you would -- >> yeah, because i think he might make his decision before, you know -- >> have you had any indication that he might make his ruling pretty soon? >> i don't know. all i can do is just go out and play. >> actually the nba will likely wait until after the legal process plays out before it decides on whether to penalize arenas. a third party crasher. washington is buzzing with allegations a third person showed up at the state dinner without an invitation. >> his name is carlos allen.
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he denies crashing the state dinner party. but video has surfaced that apparently shows him making his white house entrance. tracee wilkins joins us live with new details. good morning, tracee. >> reporter: good morning joe and eun. we're learning more about this third person, also learning more about who he is and how he got in. this video taken the night of the state dinner appears to show carlos allen walking into the white house in front of some of the indian delegation. and this is allen last year on news4 when he was promoting a charity event he sponsored. allen initially denied being at the state dinner. while he didn't respond to repeated request for comment to news4, his attorney tells "the washington post" his client was there and went after receiving an invitation in the mail. the secret service is investigating allen because they say he did not appear on the guest list. allen's attorney tells the post allen is cooperating with the federal investigation. allen is described as a publisher for "hush," a new
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online magazine and as a party and fund-raising organizer with many events held at a mansion in mt. pleasant here in washington, d.c. the investigation into how michaele and tariq salahi got in is continuing. washington journalist sally quinn says three party crashers at the state dinner is a problem. >> i think that in order for the president to look strong and to look as though he is in charge, that desiree rogers and mark sullivan who is head of the secret service should hand in their resignations. i'm sure they're both very bright and successful and competent people, but they made a major mistake. >> reporter: now, a spokesperson with the secret service released this statement to nbc news saying we will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that mistakes made and departures from established security protocols are not
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repeated. the safety of our protectees and facilities is our number one priority. we are aware of the catastrophic consequences if we fail in our critical mission. again, all three of those individuals who are being investigated say tha they were invited and were not aware of crashing the white house state dinner. i'm tracee wilkins outside the white house. back to you all in the studio, joe. >> thanks, tracee, very much. in the light of the tough economy, virginia governor elect bob mcdonnell promise this is year's inauguration won't be over the top. he made his announcement yesterday. he said the inaugural theme will be a commonwealth of opportunity and this year's event will not break the bank. >> -- what's going on with the economy and citizens generally, we try to certainly scale back from the amounts raised and spent by our predecessors. >> mcdonnell also said he and his 15-member cabinet will take 5% pay cuts as the commonwealth continues to strigal with the tough economic times.
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new warnings about the swine flu. we are less than a month away from the vancouverolympics. the u.s. surgeon general is advertising anyone associate washington, d.c. the games to get the h1n1 vaccination before going. that especially goes for athletes. the olympics with big clouds and close quarters for athletes is a perfect place to spread germs. that makes h1n1 the biggest health concern. even though the number of swine flu cases is decreasing in some states, doctors still warn it's too soon to know whether the pandemic is, in fact, over. >> the strong, the healthy, just like you athletes, are getting sick. we don't know what the next few weeks or months will bring. we don't know how much more trouble this virus has in store for us. >> when the europeans go in for the handshake and the kiss on the side, i'm like -- i need to stay away because i don't want to get sick. >> there have been h1n1 immunization clinics available for the athletes, coaches and stuff. but most athletes will be getting their vax naxs on their own. apparently a subscription to
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"time" magazine doesn't mean it will deliver on time. a copy of "time" magazine was delivered to a home in moorehead, minnesota. look at the cover, a story about america's reentry into the space plm after the challenger explosion. the magazine was supposed to be delivered 22 years ago. no word from are the post office on why it was delivered so late. >> interesting. now it's a history magazine. >> a cooper. one school delay to report before i get to the weather. kit talk ken in fur month and feeder schools are on a two-hour delay in thur month, maryland. the reason for the delay they're getting light snow there. talking about that over the last hour, light snow continues to fall moving in the out of pennsylvania at this hour. it is producing a dusting. here in washington, a cloudy sky, live picture from our city camera.
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temperatures, a cold 29. we still have a blustery wind with us on this wednesday morning. looking at the radar, we do have some light snow. it's a batch that has been moving down from pennsylvania. it's now into montgomery county. there's light snow in damascus to laytonsville, over toward ulney, down route 29 near gaithersburg, continuing to head to the south, moving to wheaton, rockville, kensington, over the next half hour or so. some other areas of light snow in westminster to mt. airy. this is moving to the south. farther to the west and north of us, we have another little batch of light snow out here in the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia, even a few flurries in southern prince george's county and anne arundel, calvert and on the eastern shore. temperatures are below freezing. whatever is falling is sticking. watch out, there may be a few slick spots as we get through the next half hour or so. the windchills, they're down into the teens.
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we've had winds gusting to around 20 to 25 miles an hour this morning. cold on the eastern shore in the upper 20s, colder out in the mountains and mid and upper teens now. they can get several inches in the 40u7b tans. there's this batch of snow, the leadi leading edge of it. we'll have the passing snow shower activity for the next couple hours. should taper off and end by late this morning. possible dusting. after that sun back in the afternoon with high ins the upper 30s. clearing out tonight. down into the low 20s tomorrow morning. a little more potent storm system coming in thursday night into friday morning. may gave us two or three inches of snow before it ends by late morning friday. dry and cold for the weekend. saturday and sunday's highs only near 30. how is the traffic, jerry. >> time to check things out, from the west along interstate 66, no worries so far, just a little volume out of mon nanasss you begin the commute on in. we have just received word in clinton, maryland, of a water main break, wood yard road
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between route 5 and brandywine. we're told there's ice all across the roadway. authorities are checking on that. out on the rails this morning, looks like we're okay, metro and vre no delays. on marc we have continuing delays, brunswick train 870 is now 16 minutes behind schedule. joe? >> thanks very much. metro riders listen up. there are going to be big changes on the rails during the martin luther king junior holiday weekend. crews will be doing track work. the grove track more station will be closed. metro will provide free shuttle buses to take riders around the closed grov ner strathmore station. a good news if you take kin nith worth avenue. the reconstruction project is now complete. the $34 million project involved rebuilding ken nith worth from foot street to lane place in
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northeast washington. four existing bridges over nanny helen borrows avenue were also replaced 507s. crews installed new street lights, crosswalks and traffic signals. watch out for massive potholes covering our local roadways. they crop up when snow or ice seeps into the cracks of the road, deteriorating the pavement. after the recent winter stor they've been popping up all over the place. that's why vdot crews are out in force trying to repair them before the next round of winter weather. >> kind of like mushrooms. you know, you find a lot more once youet out there and start looking. we patrol the roads several times a day looking for these. and that, could with complaints from riders that pass this way, we try to react as quickly as we can and make the roads safe. if you see any major potholes, report them to your local government. the frigid air has caused many local waterways to freeze over. though the ice may seem really
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picturesque, you should enjoy it from a distance. >> local firefighters are warning people to stay off the ice. darcy spencer shows us how easy it can be to fall in. >> this is the ge going of our icy son, expecting quite a bit of ice over the next few weeks. >> d.c.'s fire bug called the john glenn is a virtual ice cutter, able to break through 20 inches of ice. >> normally a good icy son here we'll see from six to ten inches. sometimes it packs up and it will get up to about 20 min chs. >> reporter: recent frigid temperatures have made area rivers, creeks and ponds look more like skating rinks. officials say that could tempt some to venture out. >> it's not only illegal on the potomac river, but it's very dangerous. >> reporter: officials say it's impossible to tell exactly how the ice is. if you see someone fall through, you should call 911 and do not attempt a rescue yourself. >> we just want to caution everybody, don't go out on the
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israelly. if you like to recreate and go skating, go to an ice rink. >> over by that ridge it might be thinner. >> reporter: this is a demonstration of what can happen when you're on thin ice. officials go through specialized training and wear ice rescues suits that can protect them for up to two hours in freezing cold water. >> it's going to take us quite some time if we have to get out there if someone has fallen through the ice. >> reporter: the ice can pose a danger for pets, too. last weekend rescuers had to pull a dog from a frozen lake in fredricksburg. officials say if your pet does walk onto the ice, don't follow, because you could end up up falling in. >> try to do a really good public relations campaign early in the icy son like we're doing today to ensure that people know the dangers of the ice and to stay off of it. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news4. we have some out-of-this-world pictures to show you. the hubble telescope captures the earliest images of the
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universe. we catch up with new redskins coach mike shanahan. stay right there. we'll be right back.
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done deal. dan snyder gets his man. today the redskins will introduce mike shanahan as the team's new head coach. we'll tell you the part of the deal that will make a lot of fans very happy. senate shakeup, not one but two democratic senators say they will not seek re-election. find out the changes coming to capitol hill. good morning, thanks for joining us for "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs, on this wednesday, the 6th day of january, 2010. a live look outside. beautiful picture of the wilson bridge this morning. looks like a diamond bracelet out there or necklace or
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whatever, ankle bracelet. make up your own thing. we have one school to tell you about. kit tuck kin high school in frederick county maryland are on a two-hour delay because of the cold weather and perhaps precipitation up there. >> getting light snow there. that has moved south into montgomery county and western howard county. we are get ag little flurry activity around the blue ridge, northern fauquier as well. the area of white and gray you see into howard county and carroll county is producing a dusting. it is drift together the south, tending to dry up as it does move south. it may just be flurries by the time it reaches washington in the next hour. temperatures are below freezing, so what is falling is certainly sticking. it's 30 degrees in washington right now. the windchills are in the teens to near 20. we have the wind still gusting a bit. it's going to be a blustery cold day. otherwise, a few flurries around
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this morning. then sun back in the afternoon with highs in the upper 30s. tomorrow, increasing clouds, high to mid 30s. looks like likelihood of light snow. we could pick up a couple of inches before it ends by friday midday. how's the traffic? >> good morning everyone. chopper 4 on the job for us this morning up toward laurel along the baltimore washingn parkway near the interchange of 197 where it appears everything is moving nicely so far from route 32 all the way down. northbound, if you're headed in that direction, that, too, looks wide open on up toward 32, continuing up toward the airport. new york avenue inbound bladensburg road moving smoothly. a few traffic light issues. no issues, a few delays. out on the rails, still holding steady with 16-minute delay on marc rail brunswick line 870. other than that, vre and metro looking good. joe? >> thanks very much, jerry. mike shanahan is the new
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head coach of the redskins. the team will make it official at a press conference this afternoon. he brings experience and credentials to a team that has been struggling for credibility. megan mcgrath is live at redskins park in ashburn where shanahan will bentroduced later today. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning. a lot of excitement, a lot of people hoping this change will bring results, that the redskins will have a much better season than what we saw this year. it is a done deal, a deal worth $35 million over the next five years. mike shap hand, former coach of the denver broncos headed to washington, d.c. he will be formally introduced during a press conference at 2:00 today. it was a night of celebration. new redskins head coach mike shanahan, owner daniel snyder and gm bruce allen had dinner at the palm in tyson's corner. shanahan has signed on with the redskins, the deal worth $35 million over five years. news4's lindsay czarniak spoke
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briefly to shanahan about coming to washington. >> very, very excited. >> what are you most excited about? >> great to be in the nation's capital. >> what excites you the most? >> we'll talk about that tomorrow. channel 4, right? >> yes, great to meet you. >> reporter: under the deal, shanahan will also be vice president of football operations, giving him final say on all football matters. team members are reacting. here is linebacker london fletcher. >> the credibility is there right away. coaches and players, players in the locker room, they have to listen to what he says because he has the rings. >> reporter: the team and fans are hopeful that shanahan will bring similar super bowl wins, he has two with denver, here to washington, d.c. also something that's interesting is shanahan will be bringing with him his 30-year-old son kyle, he's going to serve as the offensive coordinator. kyle apparently also currently serving in that position in
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texas, the houston texans. he'll be coming to washington with his father. a bit of a family affair here. we are expecting to learn, of course, much more later on this afternoon. that press conference where shanahan will be formally introduced at 2:00 this afternoon. we're expecting to hear a lot more about his thoughts for the future season and coming to washington. back to you. >> megan, thanks very much. a prominent member of the senate is calling it quits after 30 years, connecticut senator chris dodd is expected to announce today he will not be returning to capitol hill after this term. that's unnerving news for democrats who have enjoyed a majority in the senate. kimberly suiters joins us with the latest. >> good morning. within 24 hours, two prominent democratic senators and a rising star calling it quits, dealing a potential blow to democrats struggling to protect that senate majority. let's start with the latest news first. a senator for 30 years, christopher dodd plans to make an official announcement today
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from his home in connecticut. dodd's numbers have not looked great in his home state since his failed 2008 bid for president. some political analysts saying constituents view him as no longer connected to the state and as chairman of the banking committee he hasn't done enough to repair the mortgage crisis. he's taken a lot of heat, also, for the stimulus plan and the wall street bailout. dodd's decision comes amid rising anti incumbentenate among the electorate. a majority of the country says it's on the wrong trashing and in historically the party in power gets the blame. also not seeking re-election, north dakota democrat byron door again, his seat could turn republican. a potential rising star in the democratic party, colorado governor bill ritter is expected to say today he won't run for a second term. eun? >> any word as to why the governor says why he doesn't wa to run for re-election? >> so far governor ritter's
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re-election numbers don't look good. supposedly, this comes as a big surprise, he canceled a fund-raiser at the last minute and sent campaign workers home. the rest of that story remains to be told. >> kimberly, thank you. the man accused of being the third white house crasher now sa he had an invitation. this video appears to be carlos allen walking into the white house ahead of the indian delegation. his lawyer tells nbc news that allen did attend the reception, dinner and performance after having an invitation mailed to him. allen runs hh galleria a private social club. d.c. records show his license to run the business was revoked. today opponents of same-sex marriage will ask the d.c. superior court to allow the issue to be put on the ballot. the elections board has rejected that avenue fort saying it would violate the city's human rights law. final approve en was given last
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month. mayor fenty signed the bill into law and provided congress does not intervene, same sex couples could begin to wid in the district in march. in prince george's county a woman came face to face with the attacker accused of trying to cut her unborn baby out of her body. police say veronica deramous lured teka adams to her apartment, tied her up and assaulted her with knives. she escaped and delivered a healthy baby girl. she now lives with her father who describes what it was like to see deramous at a court hearing yesterday. >> teka is my young eest daught. i felt like she was trying to take my baby in two ways, my daughter as well as my granddaughter. that's how i felt. so i was hurt and i was angry. >> veronica deramous faces attempted murder charges. she's being held without bond while a grand jury investigation moves forward. our time is 6:08. 29 degrees. coming up, the ad you may see on
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your way to work this morning that has the first lady of the united states upset. also ahead, why the security breach at t newark airport was worse than originally thought. don't expect any relief just yet. find out just how cold the weather is going to be today. your weather and traffic coming up next.
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weather and traffic on the 1s. 6:11. cold and blustery.
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we have scattered light snow and flurries from northern virginia and panhandle of west virginia, north-central maryland and southern maryland. these are drift together the south. weather watchers reporting temperatures in the mid and upper 20s around if region. 30 degrees in washington. highs today in the mid and upper 30s by this afternoon with sunshine returning. then light snow is likely thursday night into friday morning. maybe an inch or two before it all tapers off and ends midday friday. dry and cold for the weekend. traffic is moving pretty well, from i-70 to hyattstown, passing 118 in germantown, so far no accidents. broken down cars to disrupt the flow. the trip to the wilson bridge still looking good. northeast corridors, new york avenue and kenilworth doing fine. greenbelt to silver spring on the beltway, so far just a very minor slowdown approaching georgia avenue. joe and eun, back to you. >> thanks very much, jerry.
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throwing a bucket of water, a cash register. take a look at this. find out what made this customer at a mcdonald's store so mad. find out what has
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good morning. i'm kimberly suiters. here are the top stories in the "news4 today." mike shanahan the new head coach of the washington redskins. the team will officially introduce him as the new coach this afternoon at redskins park. his contract reportedly worth $35 million over five years. that makes him the highest paid coach in the nfl. so hello, mike, good-bye christopher. aftethree decades in the senate, connecticut senator christopher dodd expected to announce he's retiring. as banking committee chairman he's taken a lot of heat for the mortgage crisis. his announcement comes othe heels of the announcement by byron dorgan that he won't be seeking re-election. today gay marriage opponents will try to get the issue on the ballot. we have a hearing before the d.c. superior court.
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mayor fenty signed the gay marriage bill into law last month. same sex couples could start to wed as early as march. back to you, joe. this morning president obama vows to plug holes in air security. he said airline watch lists that should have flagged the christmas day bomber will be overha overhauled. he said more changes are coming. brooke hart is live on capitol hill with more on the story. >> reporter: good morning, joe. strong words from president obama. the president yesterday met with top national security officials telling them that the christmas day attack failed because brave passengers overtook the bomber, not because the system worked. >> we will do better. >> reporter: president obama was blunt. he repeated the word "failure" in describing how the bombing of a u.s. jet was nearly pulled off. >> when a suspected terrorist is able to board a plane with explosives on christmas day, the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way. >> reporte privately with security and intelligence chiefs, the president called the lapses a screw-up. director of national intelligence, dennis blair,
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summed up his reaction in a statement saying, quote, we got it. earlier aides said president obama still has confidence in his security team including blair whose job was created after 9/11 to connect dots the president said worked in this case. >> it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> reporter: republicans said the president needs to set other matters aside. >> the president needs to get on top of it and make sure it gets fixed. >> reporter: the first agenda casualty could bin csing guantanamo soon. >> we will not be transferring detainees back to yemen at this time. >> reporter: bakersfield was shut down when a bag tested positive for tnt, turned out to be five bottles of honey. for now administration officials say president obama thinks blame is spread wide. no one person or agency responsible. lawmakers may have other ideas. hearings look inevitable in coming weeks. live on capitol hill, brooke
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hart, joe, back to you. >> brooke, thanks very much. new developments about the man who breached security at newark international airport. the port authority is saying the camera at the security check point was streaming live images but was not recording them. this made it impossible for the tsa to immediately check an image of the man walking through the exit door. personnel had to wait to view tapes from a nearby surveillance camera. it's not known how long the cameras had stopped recording footage. the man was not found. but the tsa says the terminal was searched and nothing dangerous was discovered. eun? >> joe, thank you. wre learning more about the suicide bomber who killed seven cia employees in afghanistan. authorities say the bomber ined the trust of the u.s. by providing intelligence that led agents to several al queda leaders. a former intelligence official told the associated press that the jordanian doctor's information led to several.
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-- grapd jury is considering whether business sards star gilbert arenas should face criminal charges for bringing guns into the locker room. prosecutors began presenting evidence to the grand jury yesterday. arenas met with police and pr prosecutors on monday. he seems more concerned about the reaction of nba commissioner david stern than he does the long arm of the law. >> who do you ar more? stern tore actual authorities? >> stern is, i mean, mean. >> you fear david stern more than you would the -- >> yeah, because i think he might make his decision before, you know -- >> have you had any indication that he might make his ruling pretty soon? >> i don't know. all ki do is go out and play. as a matter of fact, the grand jury would probably decide on possible charges early as this week before the nba makes its decision. most of the country continues to deal with record-breaking arctic blast,
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especially the south. in tennessee where temperatures dropped into the teens overnight, the cold weather the blamed on at least four deaths. schools across the southern states are closing because they just can't heat up. technicians are booked through the weekend to repair broken heaters and farmers are worried about their next crop. >> we're going to have a lot more to deal with because it's going to be more days of below 32-degree temperatures. we haven't seen that before. >> this cold weather could cost us around $125,000. >> another strong cold arctic high pressure system is forecasted to dominate about 5/6 of the nation at least through the nation. >> we just want to caution everybody, don't go out on israelly. if you like to recreate and you want to go skating, go to an ice rink. stay off the ice. that's the message from local firefighters who demonstrated what can happen when you walk on thin ice. ice can look deeper than it actually is. it's easy to fall in.
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if you do see someone fall through the ice, don't try to rescue that person yourself, call 911 immediately. >> it can be extremely hazardous, almost 6:21. time for traffic and weather on the 1s. it's been colder than average now for eight of the last nine days. as a result we've had many of the area rivers and ponds freezing over. and at this hour looking at radar we have some light snow, some passing snowshowers right along the blue ridge here in western loudoun county, norther fauquier as well as northern shenandoah valley. another batch of light snow in southern and southern calvert and st. mary's. we'll have some of these continuing to move in from pennsylvania and passing through later on this morning, may leave a brief dusting in their wake. it is going to hold steady here for the next few hours. windchills are inhe teens. winds gusting 25 to 30 miles an hour. highs should make it into the
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mid and upper 30s later today with sun returning. likely light snow thursday night and friday morning. maybe an inch or two accumulation. sunny and cold on this sunday, saturday afternoon into sunday. monday and tuesday remaining cold and dry. how is the traffic, jerry? >> chopper 4 headed do taking a live look at wood yard road between brandywine and route 5, the scene of what was reported to be a water main break. it appears there is an issue there, far left side, a little bit of ice that has trickled down into the travel portion of the roadway. the bulk of the ice appears to be over in the parking lot. nevertheless, hang on tight. authorities obviously are there. be careful traveling that stretch of wood yard road. metro and vre fine. brunswick train 870 still 16 minutes behind schedule. eun? >> jerry, thank you. 6:22 is your time now. we have out-of-the-world pictures to show you. the hubble telescope captures the earliest images of the universe. what made this customer so
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angry she threw a bucket of water and a cash register in the middle of a fast food restaurant. the new campaign ads you'll see around the distric
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the white house is unhappy about a new campaign from peta that featured michelle obama. this ad showed up around the district as part of the make d.c. fur-free campaign which features celebrities that
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pledged not to wear fur. the white house says michelle obama didn't give consent for her picture to be used. peta's president said the organization didn't ask for her consent because it knew she cannot make such an endorsement. this morning we are getting a glimpse back in time. the hubble space telescope has reached back 13.2 billion years to reveal galaxies never seen before. the images give nasa the most complete picture ever of the early universe. scientists are meeting in washington to review all the information. she definitely wasn't loving it. a missouri woman flew into a rage. she threw a bucket of mop water and followed up by hurling a register, all this because the woman was upset apparently about how her sandwich was made. no one was injured in the episode. the woman did cause about $3,000 in damage.
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police are still looking for her. that lady should have, in fact, ordered the happy meal. come on. get happy. >> not enough pickles? too much ketchup? who knows. not one but two democrats decide not to run for re-election. we catch up with redskins new coach mike shanahan. get ready for another cold day. how cold? we'll find out next. your weather and tra
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how excited are you? >> very excited. >> what are you most excited about? >> great to be in tigs's capital. later today mike shanahan will be announced as the redskins head coach. details on his contract and what kind of power shanahan will
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have. good morning. welcome back to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> good morning. i'm eun yang. wednesday, january 6th, 2010. let's take a live lookoutside, 29 degrees. another frigid day. we have a school delay to report to you. catoctin high school in fled rick county, maryland and feeder schools are on a two-hour delay. >> they have a lot of hills and mountains that can get very slick with a dusting of light snow. they're getting it now in northern frederick and northern carroll county. across calvert, charles and st. mary's counties. light snow in northern fauquier county, near frederick county, virginia, around wind chester. we don't have know in washington, a few flurries may be flying through the air this
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morning. temperatures still below freezing all around the region. upper 20s to near 30. what snow is falling is sticking. watch out. there certainly could be slick spots. we are in the teens with windchills, a blustery wind will be with us throughout the day. any chance of a dusting should be dissipating by late morning. during the afternoon, sunshine, highs reaching the mid and upper 30s with clouds in and out. then tomorrow, mostly cloudy, highs mid 30s. we could get light snow, one, two, three inches or snow and ending by midday friday. chopper 4 checking things out. the commute very quiet along most of branch avenue making the drive in. we did have -- there we go. the right side of your screen is southbound route 5 near earnshaw drive. the longstanding problem with ice in the left lane still there. not a factor f the morning commute. but this afternoon bear that in mine. we have an issue along i-270 southbound, accident left side of the roadway.
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this is right at the 370 terchange. police are on the scene dealing with that. look for early delays southbound and germantown. out on the rails everything is pretty quiet. 95 and 395 are doing all right. joe? >> thanks very much, jerry. the washington redskins now have a new head coach. it is mike shanahan has expected. the team will introduce him at a news conference this afternoon at redskins park. megan mcgrath is there with a look at what shanahan's hiring means for the skins. megan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that formal introduction is going to take place later on this afternoon. but mike shanahan is heading to washington, d.c. he signed a five-year, $35 million deal. he's not only going to be the head, he's also going to be vice president of football operations. he'll have final say in all matters regarding football and the team, presumably he's going to have free hand in reshaping
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the redskins. it was a night of celebration. new redskins head coach mike shanahan, owner daniel snyder and gm bruce allen had dinner at the palm in tyson's corner. shanahan signed on with the redskins, the deal worth $35 million over five years. news4's lindsay czarniak spoke briefly to shanahan about coming to washington. >> very, very excited. >> what before you most excited about? >> great to be in the nation's capital. >> what excites you the most? >> we'll talk about that tomorrow. nice to meet you. channel 4, right? >> yes. great to meet you. >> reporter: under the deal, coach shanahan will also be vice president of football operations, giving him final say on all football matters. team membe are reacting. here is linebacker london fletcher. >> he instantly becomes the franchise, the credibility is there right away. coaches and players, you know -- players in the locker room, they have to is len to what he says because he has the rings. >> shanahan has two super bowl victories under his belt with
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the broncos. the team and fans are hoping he can do the same thing here in the washington, d.c. area. now, i should also mention that shanahan is going to bring his 30-year-old son kyle with him here. he's going to be serving as the offensive coordinator, currently serving in that position with the houston texans, but he'll be coming along with his dad here to serve with the redskins. so a lot of excitement. players are hopeful they're going to have a better season. we're expecting to learn a whole lot more later today at 2:00 during that press conference when shanahan is formally introduced. joe, back to you. >> megan, if my memory serves me correctly, and it frequently does not. it seems marty schottenheimer and joe gibbs brought their sons with them as well. something of a tradition. >> sure. >> thanks very much. today a blow to the democratic party which is clinging to its majority in the senate here on capitol hill. after 30 years connecticut
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senator chris dodd is calling it quits. he's not alone. news4 kimberly suiters joins us with the latest. >> good morning, eun. within 24 hours two prominent democratic senators calling it quits. a one-two punch to democrats trying to protect the majority. a senator for 30 years, christopher dodd, plans to make an official announcement today from his home in connecticut. dodd's numbers have not looked great in his home state since his failed 2008 bid for president. some political analysts saying constituents view him as no longer connected to connecticut and as chairman of the banking committee he hasn't done enough to repair the mortgage crisis. he's also taken a lot of heat from the stimulus plan and the wall street bailout. his decision comes amid rising anti incumbent sentiment among the electorate nationwide. a majority of the country saying we're on the wrong track. historically the party in power does take the blame.
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also announcing he won't seek re-election this week, north dakota democrat byron dorgan. he wants to teach and write, he says. his seat will likely be won by a republican. a potential rising star in the democratic party, colorado governor bill ritter, today is expected to say he won't run for a second term. he abruptly canceled a fund-raiser and sent his folks home. eun, back to you. >> i imagine that story is not over. kimberly suiters, thank you. a wealthy developer will not challenge mayor fenty. real estate magnet don peebles says he will not run for mayor. he says his mother-in-law is ill and he has vowed to e support his family. he said he would spend millis challenging fenty. d.c. chairman vincent gray and other council members say they're still contemplating a run against him. virginia governor elect bob mcdonnell is promising his upcoming inauguration won't break the bank.
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the theme for the event will be a commonwealth of opportunity. mcdonnell announced yesterday that the january 16th event will not be over the top. he also said that he and his 15-member cabinet will take 5% pa cuts this year. 6:36 is the time. the big announcement in prince george's county today. find out what's happening now that hasn't happened in ten years. major delays coming to metro. find out when one station will be shut down completely and rail riders will be forced to take a shuttle bus. and the third party crasher at the white house state dinner originally said he did not attend the party, but new video seems to say otherwise. no relief in site. find out how cold the temperatures will be today. your weather and traffic
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welcomeback. we have a school closing to report to you. signal hill elementary school in prince william county will be closed today because there is no heat and there's some schools in frederick county opening late today because of snow flurries in that area as well. looking outside, it is cold. 29 degrees right now. let's get traffic and weather on the 1s at 6:41. here is tom. we have passing rain showers in the summer. we're getting passing snowshowers on this the january morning as we look at the radar, getting some of the passing snowshowers in southern anne arundel, eastern prince george's county, across calvert into charles county. other passing snowshowers in western fauquier. these are all moving off to the south and they may be leaving a brief dusting to perhaps even an inch of snow in some locations, especially in the mountains. winds gusting 20, 25 miles an
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hour, bringing our windchills down into the teens. high today in the mid and upper 30s this of a noon with sunshine back. light snow is likely thursday night into friday morning. dry and cold for the weekend. how is the traffic, jerry? >> some early and pretty substantial delays along i-270 southbound as you begin the commute south out of clarksburg through germantown towards gathering berg. the accident that helped generate delays, 270 southbound at 370 is completely over the shoulder. lanes are reopened. the drive along 95 northbound and southbound looking pretty good. have word of an accident on richmond highway near ft. belvoir. at least one travel lane is blocked. 6:42. 29 degrees. construction crews have finally cleared a major route into d.c. what president says needs to happen now to prevent another terrorist attack. the third party crasher changes his story following new
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welcome back. the saga continues. the man accused of being the third white house party crasher now says he did attend the state dinner with an invitation. carlos allen initially denied he was ever there. news4's tracee wilkins joins us live from the white house with video that shows him appearing to certainly enter the white house. >> reporter: good morning, sdwroe. nbc news has learned all the of the details that apparently lead up to what looks like was another party crasher at the white house. and they're saying it had a lot to do with him being in the right place at the right time and being able to sneak in with folks of the indian delegation. all of that is under investigation. we are learning more about who he is. this video taken the night of the state dinner appears to show carlos allen walking into the white house in front of the indian delegation.
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this is allen on news4 last year promoting a charity event he sponsored. he initially denied being at the state dinner. while he didn't respond to repeated requests for comments, his attorney tells nbc news his client was there and went after receiving an invitation in the mail. the secret service is investigating allen because they say he did not appear on the guest list. allen's attorney tells nbc news that allen is cooperating with the federal investigation. allen is described as a publisher for "hush," a new online magazine and a party and fund-raiser organizer with many of his events held at a mt. pleasant mansion here in northwest washington. the investigation into how michaele and tariq salahi got into the white house is continuing. sally quinn says three white house party crashers is a problem. >> i think in order for the
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president to look strong and look as though he is in charge, that desiree rogers and mark sullivan who is head of the secret service, should hand in their resignation. i'm sure they're both very bright and successful and competent people, but they made a major mistake. >> reporter: secret service spokesman released this comment saying we will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that mistakes and departures from established security protocols are not repeated. the safety of our protectees and facilities is our number one priority. we are aware of the catastrophic consequences if we fail in our critical mission. again, all three of these people who are having investigated say they did receive invitations. it's still under investigation. i'm tracee wilkins live outside the white house. back to you all in the studio. president obama says the nation's security system failed in a potentially disastrous way after not preventing the failed
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christmas day terror attempt. president obama met with top officials who have been reviewing security methods. he said the government had enough information to uncover the plot, but officials failed to connect the dots. now the president is demanding immediate changes. >> i want our initial reviews completed this week. i want specific recommendations r corrective actions to fakes what went wrong. i want those reforms implemented immediately so that this doesn't happen again, and so we can prevent future attacks. >> the president also says he is suspending the transfer of guantanamo detainees to yemen. the suspect in the foiled attempt claimed he was acting on instructions from al qaeda operatives in that country. president obama wants to sign the health care bill into law by the time he gives his state of the union address. he's helping the house and senate hammer out differences in the health care bills. he already hosted congressional leaders at the white house.
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more meetings are planned for later th week. o all sides have agreed on fast-track negotiations. today some promising news for prince george's county. police are expected to announce record low crime rates in 2009 police chief roberto hilton will hold a news conference this morning to talk about the decline in crime. according to "the washington post," there were 100 homicides in the county last year. that is 35 fewer than in 2008, and the lowest homicide numbers since the year 2000. gay marriage has officially been legalized in d.c. opponents are not giving up their fight. today they will ask the d.c. superior court to allow the issue to be put on a ballot for the district. the elections board in the district has already reject thad effort saying it would violate the district's human rights law. the d.c. council gave final approval to gay marriage last month. the mayor quickly signed the bill into law. congress appears unlikely to challenge the measure, so gay couples could begin getting married in d.c. in march.
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a heads up for metro riders. there will be big changes on the rails during the martin luther king weekend. crews will be doing track work. that means the grov nor strathmore station will be closed. shady grove and white flint, the second between medical center and glenn month. metro will provide shuttle buses to take riders aur round the closed station. your drive to work will be easier if you take ken nith worth through northeast washington. work is finally complete. crews have spent three years rebuilding ken nith worth. they've replaced four existing bridges over nanny helen boroughs avenue. the price tag, about $34 million. the new ss not all good for commuters this morning. gasoline prices are rising again. cnbc's courtney reagan joins us
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live with more on this story. >> good morning. prices at the pump are jumping. gas is tracking crude oil, risen 14% since mid december. the economy and mother nature are to blame. frigid temperatures on the east coast and a falling dollar has pushed those prices higher. 3d glasses will soon be mong from the movie theater to your home theater. on the eve of the annual consumer electronics show in las vegas, discovery is launch 3d channels. discovery is partnering with sony and i max for its effort. less than a million tv sets a currently 3d compatible. new sets will run you about $2,000. how cool would that be to watch 3d tv at home? might be worth it. >> that's cool. now it looks like i'll be looking for my regular glasses, reading glasses and 3d glasses,
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not to mention my keys. thanks very much. >> just more work for you, joe. my goodness. hi, tom? hi. today we have another cold winter morning under way. we have snow that is falling and sticking to the ground in a few locations. we have school delays in frederick county, maryland, as a result of the snow that's fallen there. look at the ice on the potomac river. many area ponds frozen over. certainly not thick enough for walking on or skating. we are seeing snowshowers that are passing from the north to the south. all around the region on this wednesday morning. down in southern maryland right now they're getting pasng snowshowers in charles county, southern prince george's. another batch of snowshowers lingering here in western loudoun county and around the blue ridge in northern fauquier, clark and warren counties there, into frederick and into carroll county in northern maryland, they've had enough snow to reach the ground there and actually
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maybe up to an inch there already. a little more in carroll county. these are drifting down from the north out of pennsylvania. keld fouf to stick. the rinds are gusting from 20 to 25 miles an hour. dress accordingly, eastern shore in the upper 20s. right now in the mid teens there. they've had more snow. three and four inches has fallen in western maryland. here is other batch of snow. that may be with us this morning, providing a brief dusting. breezy and cold this afternoon. highs reaching mid and upper 30s. overnight tonight we'll bottom out into the low 20s, increasing clouds e tomorrow. light snow is likely thursday night into friday morning. could get a couple inches before it ends mid friday. highs on saturday and sunday near 30. how is traffic. we'll go to chopper 4 in prince geoe's county. capital beltway near the route
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50 interchange moving quite nicely. no issues to report on the beltway between again belt and the woodrow wilson bridge. here is the newerly refer nished kenilwor kenilworth, also moving nicely. a quick cheblg on the rails at this hour. no delays on metro rail. vre looking good. marc 513 is now eight minutes behind schedule. this morning's big news, mike shanahan is the new head coach of the washington redskins. the team will make it official at a news conference this afternoon. megan mcgrath is live with where that announcement will be made later today. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning, joe. a done deal, worth $35 million over the next five yrs. mike shanahan is coming to washington, d.c. to coach the redskins. last night shanahan along with owner daniel snyder and gm bruce allen had a dell bra tory dinner
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at the palm in tyson's corner. they're not saying a whole lot. they'll be waiting mainly for a press conference scheduled for 2:00 this afternoon. however, shanahan did briefly speak to lindsay czarniak last night at the pal: he said he's very excited about coming to washington, d.c. again, he is going to be the new head coach. we're expecting to hear a lot more later today when he's formally introduced at the press conference at 2:00. joe, back to you. 6:55 is the time. let's get an update on this morning's top stories with kimberly suiters. >> good morning. here are the top stories in "news4 today." after three decades in the that, connecticut senator christopher dodd expected to announce he is retiring. as banking committee chairman he's taken a lot of heat for the mortgage crisis. his announcement comes on the heels of an announcement by byron dorgan that he'll step down. after not preventing the failed christmas day terror attempt, president obama meeting
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with top offials who are reviewing security methods. now the president says he is demanding immediate changes. the man accused of being the third white house crasher now says he had an invitation. this video appears to show carlos allen walking into the white house ahead of the official indian delegation. at one point allen denied attending the state dinner. now his lawyer tells nbc news that allen did attend to use the bathroom. now after being invited, he says, the secret service says his name was not on an official list. allen runs hush galleria, a private social club based in a mt. pleasant townhouse. his license to run that business is very voekd. catoctin high school in frederick county, maryland and all the feeder schools are on a two-hour delay today. >> signal hill elementary school will be closed because that school has no heat. another look at our forecast.
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here is tom. >> may be geing passing snowshowers this morning may believe a brief dusting. then light snow is lukely thursday night into friday morning. could pick up a couple inches. then it looks dry and cold for the weekend. highs near 30 saturday and sunday. how is the traffic, jerry? >> nothing too terribly dramatic. 95, 395, just volume. the drive along ken nith worth moving nicely. thank you for starting you day with us. we'll see you tomorrow morning at 4:55 a.m. have a great day.
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